Commissioner of Police TJ Keenan was in Aitutaki to oversee the closing stages of the training and presented the certificates to the graduates. COOK ISLANDS POLICE / 23102033
Following the success of youth programmes in the Pa Enua, the Cook Islands Police is looking to offer a similar course in Rarotonga.
The youth development programme is run by the Prevention
Division of the Cook Islands Police Service.
Police media officer Trevor Pitt confirmed that the
division is looking to schedule two courses in December for Rarotonga.
The latest round of youth training took place on Aitutaki
recently, involving 22 participants aged 12 to 19. The Prevention members were
led by Inspector Maeva Kirikava.
The youths went through five days of intensive
activities, building the structure and confidence of individuals and teams
through life skills, physical drills, and devotion, in addition to a range of
daily duties and responsibilities.
Pitt said that police recognise the need to
engage with parents and guardians more effectively to strengthen the home
environment structures of support and guidance for young people.
The programme in Aitutaki was in partnership with Te Iti
Vaine Aroa (TIVA), which co-sponsored the training and helped to cover the
ground costs on Aitutaki.
The Commissioner of Police, TJ Keenan, was in Aitutaki to
oversee the closing stages of the training and present certificates to the
“Congratulations to all the participants and many thanks to
the Police trainers, including Aporo Kirikava, Senior Constable Lisa Tatakura,
volunteer (former Officer) Teau Rakei-Hosking, and TIVA!”